The Rookies (1972–1976)

TV Series   |    |  Crime, Drama

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The trials and adventures of three young police officers.

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  • Gail Strickland in The Rookies (1972)
  • Georg Stanford Brown in The Rookies (1972)
  • Jim Nabors at an event for The Rookies (1972)
  • Georg Stanford Brown in The Rookies (1972)
  • Joseph Campanella in Days of Our Lives (1965)
  • Kate Jackson and Jim Nabors in The Rookies (1972)

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William Blinn, Rita Lakin

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2 September 2010 | UncrownedQueenoftheUniverse
Silly premise but fun anyway
I remember this series with great fondness. I was seriously contemplating a career in law enforcement when I grew up, and this show had great appeal. Three brand-new, fresh-out-of-the-academy police officers were going to clean up the mean streets of Santa Clara, California! They were all "pretty people": Michael Ontkean, Georg Stanford Brown, Sam Melville and, not to be forgotten, Kate Jackson. The plots were frequently paper thin and the acting was always terribly earnest, but there was still a certain something that made it very watchable. Not the least of these intangibles was Gerald S. O'Loughlin as the supervising (and long-suffering) lieutenant. It does not stand the test of time - I mean, really, who believed that two rookies would be assigned to ride together and a third would be assigned to lone patrol with no senior officer in sight? And while replacing Michael Ontkean with Bruce Fairbairn didn't work for me, it still has the charm of nostalgia.

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